Henry Wikoff
Henry Wikoff was an American traveller and writer.

Wikoff was born about 1811, the illegitimate son of a doctor and inherited a sizeable fortune, which enabled him to travel extensively in Europe. He attended the College of New Jersey
Princeton University
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 (but did not get a degree) and was admitted to the bar
Admission to the bar in the United States
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 in Pennsylvania in 1834.

He then went to Europe, where he acted as a diplomatic agent for the USA, Britain and France at different times, and even spend some time in prison in Italy. returning to America, he was responsible for the successful tour by famous dancer Fanny Elssler
Fanny Elssler
Fanny Elssler - 27 November 1884), born Franziska Elßler, was an Austrian ballerina of the 'Romantic Period'.- Life :Daughter of Johann Florian Elssler, a second generation employee of Prince Esterhazy in Eisenstadt. Both Johann and his brother Josef were employed as copyists to the Prince's...

 in 1840.

Henry Wikoff became a close friend of Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln
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, wife of the President, which caused some scandalous comment. He was also friendly with the Bonaparte royal family in France, and was awarded the honor of Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic, by the King of Spain
Amadeo I of Spain
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 in 1871, entitling him to call himself Chevalier.

He also acted as an undercover reporter for the New York Herald
New York Herald
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, making use of his presence in government circles.

He died in England in 1884.


  • Napoleon Louis Bonaparte, First President of France; Biographical and Personal Sketches, Including a Visit to the Prince at the Castle of Ham New York: George P. Putnam (1849)
  • My Courtship and its Consequences New York: J. C. Derby (1855)
  • The Adventures of a Roving Diplomatist New York: W. P. Fetridge (1857)
  • Memoir of Ginevra Guerrabella, T.J. Crowan,, New York (1863)
  • Reminiscences of an Idler New York: Fords: Howard & Hulbert (1880)
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